Womply, the local commerce platform that provides apps, APIs, marketing, and financial tools to more than 500,000 small businesses, today announced an integrated partnership with DreamSpring, a nonprofit lender serving entrepreneurs and small businesses. DreamSpring joins Womply’s PPP Fast Lane program, which enables the smallest businesses to access vital Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding with as little friction as possible, while helping borrowers remain compliant and minimizing program fraud.
PPP Fast Lane was built to service under-served eligible businesses (and workers) that have so far had difficulty accessing the Paycheck Protection Program. These eligible borrowers, which include micro businesses, gig-workers, independent contractors, among others, are frequently found in low-and-middle income and minority communities, making program access all the more important.
Womply data also shows that as businesses get smaller they are less likely to:
- Know they may be eligible for PPP
- Know how to apply for PPP
- Have a trusted advisor or banker who can help them understand the rules and apply
PPP Fast Lane is a simple, web-based data collection process aiming to simplify the PPP process by removing friction that only applies to larger businesses. PPP Fast Lane includes multiple layers of fraud prevention and identity verification, which is essential to serving PPP loans at scale in accordance with government rules. Borrowers don’t need a registered business entity, business license, official place of business, business bank account, accountant, lawyer, or business banker to apply for PPP. Immediately after completing PPP Fast Lane, applicants will be matched with their SBA approved lender.
“DreamSpring is dedicated to accelerating access to much-needed capital for small business owners and to amplifying economic inclusion in everything we do,” said DreamSpring Chief Impact Officer Marisa Barrera. “Our clients are real people whose businesses shape neighborhoods and communities. They are entrepreneurs of color creating assets and jobs, residents of rural communities keeping their Main Street alive, immigrants pursuing a cherished dream of being in business, and so many more. We are grateful to partners like Womply who are helping us ensure our clients are on a Fast Lane to PPP funding and to driving economic recovery.”
“In this round of PPP funding we’ve deployed our data platform to build PPP Fast lane and help the smallest businesses with eligibility, qualification, verification, fraud detection, and streamlining applications,” said Womply CEO and co-founder, Toby Scammell. “We’re pleased to see Congress, the White House, the SBA, and innovative lending partners such as DreamSpring working to help these deserving small businesses. We are dedicated to expanding our programs to reach new applicants who can put PPP money to work rebuilding America.”
It’s free to apply for PPP with PPP Fast Lane and DreamSpring. There is no credit check for either the individual or business. When in doubt, start your application at womply.com/ppp.
Womply’s mission is to help local businesses thrive in a digital world. Founded in 2011, Womply is a local commerce platform that provides apps, APIs, marketing, and financial tools to make local commerce happen for over 500,000 American businesses and their customers. All of Womply’s products and services are powered by the Womply Commerce Graph, a proprietary data asset that offers the most complete view of local commerce. To learn more, visit www.womply.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DreamSpring is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1994, that increases access to business credit, makes loans and provides support to enable entrepreneurs to realize their dreams and be catalysts for positive economic and social change. Serving 18 states, DreamSpring is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and business owners generate income, build assets, create jobs and achieve financial well-being through business ownership.